Health implications of homelessness

Kids need a home

Homelessness isn’t merely cold nights and discomfort. Whether sleeping rough or in shelters, there are major health implications that come with having no home to return to. These are most visible with those sleeping rough – all the health problems with sleeping in the cold such as hypothermia and respiratory problems and infections, as well as significantly higher chances of kidney infections and bodily aches from lying on hard ground.

It is because of these issues that most homeless people, children included, sleep in homeless shelters and hostels. But by far the most prevalent health problems that all homeless people face are those we can’t see – the mental damage that is done by their situation. In a study this year of Dublin homeless published in the Biomed Central journal, researchers found that over 70% of participants in the study had been officially diagnosed with mental health problems, with the…

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